April 22, 2011 MLS--Reds Search For First Crew Victory (from MLSsoccer.com)

Reds Search For First Crew Victory
Toronto up against history taking on Columbus Saturday.
April 22, 2011

Toronto FC and the Columbus Crew meet in the opening installment of the Trillium Cup on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field with the home side looking 
to break their duck in the competition. The Crew are unbeaten in 11 meetings all-time between the clubs. TFC is coming off a 3-0 home loss to D.C. United, 
extending their current winless streak to four games. The Crew are riding a record shutout streak after defeating Sporting Kansas City 1-0 last weekend.


Toronto FC lost for the first time after three consecutive draws, falling 3-0 to D.C. United on Saturday evening at BMO Field. TFC has 6 points from 
6 games on the season, in a tie for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.


* United were two goals to the good before the game was 10 minutes old. In the fifth minute, Chris Pontius took advantage of a giveaway and raced 
in on goal, slotting the ball under a hard-charging Stefan Frei.

* Then in the 10th minute, after Charlie Davies intercepted a pass, he fed to Josh Wolff. Frei made the initial stop with Wolff in alone, but Davies 
swept home the rebound.

* TFC went a man down four minutes into the second half when Dan Gargan was sent off after taking down Pontius as he looked to be clean through on goal.

* But Pontius got his brace after stepping inside Julian de Guzman and firing a curling shot into the right corner past a diving Frei in the 73rd minute.

* TFC head coach Aron Winter made two changes to the team that played to a scoreless draw with the LA Galaxy at BMO Field. Oscar Cordon came into 
the midfield and Maicon Santos returned to the attack, for Dan Gargan and Gianluca Zavarise.

* TORONTO FC (4-1-2-3): Stefan Frei - Jacob Peterson, Ty Harden (sent off 49), Adrian Cann (Nana Attakora 12), Danleigh Borman - Julian de Guzman 
- Oscar Cordon (Dan Gargan 54), Tony Tchani - Javier Martina, Maicon Santos (Gianluca Zavarise 66), Alen Stevanovic.


* The Columbus Crew extended their unbeaten run to four games, defeating Sporting Kansas City 1-0 on Saturday evening at Crew Stadium. The Crew have 
8 points from 5 games on the season, in a three-way tie for second place in the Eastern Conference.

* The game's lone goal came eight minutes after the second-half restart. Kevin Burns sent a service into the penalty area where Dilly Duka flicked 
the pass back to Robbie Rogers on the left. Rogers chested the ball, then slotted a shot past KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.

* Sporting finished the game a man down when defender Julio Cesar was sent off for a second caution in the 72nd minute.

* Crew head coach Robert Warzycha made one change to the team that reached a scoreless draw with Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center. Dilly Duka came 
into the side in place of Dejan Rusmir.

* COLUMBUS CREW (4-2-3-1): William Hesmer - Sebastian Miranda, Chad Marshall, Julius James, Rich Balchan - Kevin Burns, Dilly Duka - Eddie Gaven, 
Emmanuel Ekpo (Dejan Rusmir 89), Robbie Rogers (Jeff Cunningham 77) - Emilio Renteria (Tommy Heinemann 67).

REFEREE: David Gantar. SAR (bench): Joe Fletcher; JAR (opposite): Philippe Briere; 4th: Paul Ward 
MLS Career: 2 games; fouls called/game: 18.5; yellow cards/game: 3.0; red cards: 0; penalties: 0


TORONTO FC – OUT: MF Elbekay Bouchiba (R knee surgery recovery); 
QUESTIONABLE: DF Adrian Cann (pectoral contusion); FW Alan Gordon (adductor tightness); MF Alen Stevanovic (adductor strain)

COLUMBUS CREW – OUT: DF Shaun Francis (L hamstring strain); MF Danny O'Rourke (L knee surgery); 
PROBABLE: MF Dilly Duka (L ankle sprain); MF Kevin Burns (L shoulder strain)

* Toronto FC have never recorded a victory against Columbus, in 11 meetings all-time. The teams have played to six draws overall – including each of the 
last four games at BMO Field.
* Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer scored a last-minute equalizer in the second meeting a year ago, keeping the Crew’s unbeaten record intact against TFC. 
It was the second goal scored by a goalkeeper in MLS history.
* The last four meetings at BMO Field have ended in draws.
* The teams are playing for the Trillium Cup, awarded for best head-to-head regular season record.
* Coaches record: Aron Winter vs. CLB: first game … Robert Warzycha v TOR: P5 W2 L0 D3


SUSPENDED: TOR: Ty Harden (through April 23)





ALL-TIME (11 meetings): Toronto FC 0 wins, 10 goals … Crew 5 wins, 18 goals … Ties 6

AT BMO FIELD (5 meetings): Toronto FC 0 wins, 5 goals … Crew 1 win, 6 goals … Ties 4

RETURN MATCH: September 10: Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m. on GOL TV Canada


March 27: Columbus 2-0 Toronto (Iro 29' Schelotto 86')

October 16: Toronto 2-2 Columbus (Maicon 29' Peterson 38' – Own Goal 15' Hesmer 90)

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